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Published by Self Published on January 26th 2015
Genres: Abuse, Dark, Romance
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I don't believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.
I believe in fear.
He taught me how to be afraid.
We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn’t be the last. For ten years, he's been my tormentor and I've been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.
Now he's back and wants more than just my tears. You see...he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge...and he knows just how to get it.
PLEASE READ THE WARNINGS. This book is a new adult and contains rough elements such as harsh language, mild violence, strong sexual content, alpha male, antihero, blackmail, and dubious consent.
Fear Me, in all, contains sensitive themes many people aren’t able to swallow.
Book Review: 3 stars
Honestly, I have no idea how to rate this book. There were parts for me, that I would give 5 stars and then there were parts where I was literally frustrated to hell and wanted to smack the characters unconscious. The idea of the characters finding love in a very broken relationship isn’t new and I have to be very rude here, but there have been authors, who did a better job of creating a book out of this idea. The writing was strange, the lingo was very much accurate for the age of the characters involved – but then there were the endless convos they had throughout the book again and again. When I’m pissed as hell and obviously have anger-management issues, how can I listen to someone ramble on and on about stuff? I think I wouldn’t be able to. In this case, I’d compare the male MC Kieran with a toddler. I’m quite acquainted with their antics, seen as I have had two of those in the last 6 years myself. Kieran was immature and has been thrown in the cold water at a very young age. Yes, he had a rough start but that doesn’t justify his behavior. Normally, I can overlook such a fact seen as this is fiction and all – but he wanted to be the alpha himself and then went ahead and pouted like a 3-year-old in his corner, if the others didn’t do as told. Or worse, he acted out, respect for others and social rules be damned.
The female MC was a doormat. She took too much from Kieran and never went through with her feeble threats of changing the school or taking revenge on him. Yes, love can make a fool out of you, but there have to be lines! A favorite author of mine created a character in one of her books (which was very similar to “Fear Me”) that made me have a bit of a girl-crush on her. At least, I respected her for standing up to her tormentor and not take everything just because she had a crush on him. If you see the problem and know how to change it, but don’t do it then I have to ponder if to pity you or that obviously damaged tormentor more. When she acted on her threats at last, it was in the worst way possible and not at all justified. That was the final coffin for this book for me.
As much as I enjoyed the rough ‘hate-love-weird’ kind of scenes and as much as I was sucked into the book, I couldn’t bring myself to read the sequel, seen as this whole “I have been punished because you tattled on me and now I have to take revenge on you” would start up again and that is a big no-no. Sorry, but my frustration level would go through the roof here.
Please see that I obviously liked parts of the book very much, or I wouldn’t have given it 3 stars and I had very, VERY high hopes for “Fear Me” before I even started it, so my disappointment when it wasn’t what I hoped it was, has been unmeasurable. And I can definitely see why so many readers liked this book so much, but for me, I can’t overlook this OTT immature, petulant and at the same time wannabe-sophisticated behavior of EVERYONE in this book. And I mean everyone.
All in all, I rate “Fear Me” with 3 stars and don’t know if I would recommend it. If the plot speaks to you and you have no problem with 18 year olds going at it like bunnies right after they threat each other with their lives, then go ahead and give “Fear Me” a try. This book should be read by mature audiences from 18+ years only, because of explicit sexual situations and violence. Just as an information, for everyone who ponders picking this book up: “Fear Me” ends in a cliffhanger, is the first of a series of books.
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